Shrine Bowl: Josh Hunter Spotlight

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Two future Tar Heels could start at cornerback for North Carolina in Saturday's Shrine Bowl. Josh Hunter, and fellow North Carolina verbal commitment Terry Shankle, have the early edge.

"They're not proclaiming the two starters [at cornerback] right now," Hunter said. "We have a gold and a green team and they said whoever is the best during practice is going to start."

All day Monday, Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 172-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, worked out on the Gold Team, which is the starting group.

"It's a great honor," Hunter said of potentially starting. "Coming out here [and] showing my talents is what it's about."

Regardless of how things shake out by kickoff Saturday afternoon, Hunter is benefiting from practicing against the best receivers in the state.

"[There's] great competition out here, so I know I'm going to improve myself," Hunter said. "The speed is totally different. I actually have to go hard every play. There's no slacking off."

In addition to playing cornerback, Hunter is on the Gold's kickoff team and the Green's punt team.

During his Spartanburg stay with the North Carolina team, Hunter is spending a lot of time with the seven other UNC verbal commitments.

"It's nice - meeting all the fellas is fun," Hunter said. "It's funny because [the UNC commits] get on the guys committed to Duke and ECU."

In addition to Shankle and Hunter, UNC is represented by linebackers Hawatha Bell and Donte Moss, wide receiver Jhay Boyd, offensive lineman David Collins, running back Hunter Furr, and defensive lineman Jared McAdoo.

Although he is still considering taking official visits to other schools, Hunter says his verbal commitment to UNC is "strong" and that he's "not going anywhere."

"It's more of just visiting, it's nothing really – I know I'm going to UNC," Hunter said. "But [schools] keep asking me about [visiting]. It's nothing really."

Hunter is considering official trips to Clemson – where his cousin Spencer Adams plays, Michigan, and South Carolina. He does say, though, that there exists a strong possibility that he doesn't officially visit any school outside of UNC.

Hunter is scheduled to officially visit UNC during the weekend of January 9.

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